Essex

Leigh-on-Sea crash: Tributes paid to Reigan Knight and Liam Phillips

Liam Phillips (left) and Reigan Knight Image copyright Essex Police
Image caption Liam Phillips (left) and Reigan Knight (right) died in a car crash in Leigh-on-Sea on 27 December

Tributes have been paid to two teenage boys who died in a car crash two days after Christmas.

Reigan Knight and Liam Phillips, both 17, were killed when the Ford Escort they were passengers in crashed in Leigh-on-Sea, Essex, as it was being followed by police on 27 December.

Reigan's family said he was an "amazing son who had so much potential".

"There is now a space in our family that can never be filled," Liam's family said.

On Friday, about 300 people attended a candlelit beach vigil for the two boys, with many launching sky lanterns in their memory.

Image caption Candles were lit in memory of the boys at a vigil on Friday

Reigan's family said they could not "describe the agonising pain and heartbreak we are experiencing now".

"The thought of going through life without you is unbearable. You were such a kind, charming, loving, confident, handsome, well-mannered young man who was such a character," they added.

Liam's family said he would be "dearly missed by all that knew and loved him".

A 16-year-old from Great Wakering has been charged with causing death by dangerous driving and will next appear in court later this month.

A 17-year-old boy from Shoebury, who was arrested on suspicion of possession of drugs, has been released on bail.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) has started an investigation into the crash.

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